Monday, March 30, 2009

林暐哲的独立音乐 [will lin's indie story]

will lin, tanya chua and mavis fan


will lin wei zhe is our indie hero. he has single-handedly brought chinese indie pop to commercial acceptance. from the early cheer chen, faith yang to sodagreen now, will lin has shown many the miracles of crossing indie pop with mainstream pop.

we aspire to start an indie label in malaysia emulating will lin's success!

林暐哲,中国台湾省乃至整个华语乐坛的知名创作人兼制作人,曾在魔岩唱片(滚石唱片公司)麾下,后创办林暐哲音乐社,参与过众多知名歌手的歌曲制作,包括陈绮贞、杨乃文、莫文蔚、陶晶莹等。其林暐哲音乐社更是签有炙手可热的摇滚乐团——苏打绿。

林暐哲与独立创作之路

台湾唱片业正在经历一波泡沫经济的幻灭,用庞大媒体包装和宣传攻势打天下,不再是不二法门,主流唱片寿命愈来愈短,逆势成长的竟是过去难有生存空间的独立音乐。

这两年,不少原本活跃在主流 领域的音乐人相继出走,投入独立音乐制作的怀抱,包括「乱弹 」主唱阿翔、为动力火车写「不甘心不放手」的吴梵,以及过去在「魔岩」时代合作的陈绮贞和制作人林暐哲都是,其中陈绮贞独立制作发行的2张单曲销量,已经突破1万5千张,而林暐哲则签下「苏打绿」和「梦露」2支乐团,并且和黄韵玲、陈珊妮、巴奈,叶树茵、林强等创作人结集推出「零圆计划」合辑,当然这些专辑的宣传预算,都是「零」。

担任海洋音乐评审 开始独立

曾经有过主流唱片公司做靠山,林暐哲却说想要独立制作很久了,因为主流的保护伞虽然让他没有后顾之忧,却也让他变得不够大胆。

一直想找新音乐生存空间的他,直到2年前担任海洋独立音乐大赏的评审,深深被年轻人的音乐打动,才开始「独立」脚步,不过他说自己始终和「独立」靠得很近,就算「魔岩」做的也是主流中的非主流,而这一切故事要从1989年的「抓狂歌」说起。

「抓狂歌 」

那是台湾社会解严之初,王明辉的「黑名单工作室」要找一个台语流利但是听摇滚乐的年轻人,辗转找到念淡江的林暐哲,「抓狂歌」中几首批判现况的「台北帝国」、「民主阿草」、「出租车」,就是他唱的;90年陈明章推出「下午的一出戏」,引起市场一阵讨论,不少人注意到幕后制作人竟是林暐哲,而他同时还组了「Baboo」推出「新台币」专辑,本以为一定大卖,没想到「Baboo」的音乐走得太前端,在唱片全盛时期竟只卖了4万张,林暐哲一度兴起转行念头,直到碰到魔岩总经理张培仁,邀他担任制作统筹,而林暐哲也把李雨寰介绍给他的杨乃文一起带进「魔岩」,开启了2人音
乐生涯的高峰期。

「魔岩」时期的林暐哲,一手打造出杨乃文、陈绮贞和糯米团等成功的作品,不过他说自己算不上是商业的大成功,因为当时「魔岩」拥有的艺人里,还有像伍佰这样动辄一张唱片可以卖到50万张的天王。

卖单曲小计划 踏实筑梦

离开「魔岩」后,林暐哲一度因为没有安全感,得了忧郁症,还重拾吉他到女巫店等小舞台唱歌疗伤,去年他重回福隆海洋音乐祭,本来只是想去看看有没有什么漂亮小女生,却被小舞台上正在表演的「苏打绿」紧紧吸引,于是他下了做音乐以来最重要的一个决定,就是自组独立音乐品牌,不但签下2支地下乐团,陆续为他们推
出单曲,过去曾是歌手的黄小桢还成了他工作室的录音师。

问林暐哲接下来还有什么计划?他摇摇头,「我现在的计划都很小。」说完他指着堆在墙角刚推出的「苏打绿」单曲说:「我只想看怎样能把这里的4000张单曲全部卖出去。」

转载自:http://baike.baidu.com/view/1567342.htm

棒! [2v1g rocks my socks!]




despite the small crowd, despite it being the cheng meng weekend, roger and winnie put up a stellar show last weekend at the cd rama music fair at 1-utama last weekend!

what pleases us more than anything else is the increasingly strong chemistry between roger and winnie. every unspoken glance is understood; every gesture is mutual.... the two performances were tight and musical, what a fantastic team!

while it is true to say that roger is getting very good with mandarin pop, winnie has also improved somewhat...the whole combination is now very formiddable.

we could feel that those who turned up were impressed too, including the cd rama staff and my aunt and my uncle!

winnie ho proved to us that she could handle the show even without regine tai; what a stylish performance she delivered!

the missing "V" has been identified and is going to be introduced soon. her name is sheena lim. you shall read more about her in this blog in the coming months.

Friday, March 27, 2009

期待 [anticipation]


we have heard great things about eason's latest canto album...

i just love the black and white cover!

can't wait to lay our hands on it...

最高点 [highest high]


i am a lucky fella. music has given me so much enrichment, nourishment and inspiration since i was a kid. i was already buying audio cassettes since i was a primary 4 student.

many people live their lives without any memorable high points. i have several - it is all music-related - and the highest high is gonna happen soon, as early as next year.

my first "high" is starting musicexchange in 1998, the first ever full-scale 2nd hand cd store in malaysia. in fact, the idea was born one night while i was listening to cheer chen's amazing debut album "let me think a while", which was rated at number #11 in the recent taiwan's top 200 albums of the last 20 years. musicexchange left a memorable chapter in the music industry in malaysia as well as an indelible mark on my life. in fact, i was so high that my favorite song at that time was lighthouse family's "high", which i constantly spinned in my store.

my 2nd "high" came last year with the creation of 2v1g. well, i won't dwell into this again as i have said enough in this blog.

my 3rd "high" which is about to come true is my long-time desire to create a world-class chinese indie music label with a world-class chinese female singer-songwriter a la cheer chen qi zhen and zhang xuan of taiwan. i want to do original compositions of indie pop/rock, away from the mainstream.

i had someone in mind 10 years ago. at that time, she was still a little girl but she showed enough talent to entice me. i met her in the cafe where she performed and passed her my name card but she didn't call me. subsequently, she was signed to a major label and pursue her singing career in taiwan.

10 years later, 3 months ago to be exact, i got to know her thru a friend in a x'mas dinner. she told me she likes my work in 2v1g and she is thinking of collaborating with me to start an indie label in malaysia. i couldn't believe my ears.

she passed me her demo cd last night which is full of all her compositions over the last 2 years. i played the cd on my system, i was awe-struck. "this is the music that i want to do for my label!", i yelled. her music is indie pop/rock but with a very strong hook and commercial crossover appeal. we connect instantly.

i have been listening non-stop to her cd for the last 24 hours. many times, i was moved to tears. such talent is god-send. and she isn't even peaking as i could see the depth of her talents.

everything has a reason. god delayed our fateful meeting because she wasn't ready 10 years ago. she is now.

god willing, you are going to see the first local indie queen in the chinese music industry early next year that's going to carry the malaysian flag globally, and this is gonna be my third "high" and probably my highest high.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

女王回来了吗?[is the queen back?]



apparently, not so.

it is only an unreleased song being released now.

do you know that in your absence, many wannabes claimed to be singers but ultimately lacking in skills, classiness and attitude of yours?

gosh, don't we miss you.

Monday, March 23, 2009

歌在呼吸 #4 [song we cherish #4]


一个来自大陆的歌手; 一个实力派 R&B 的唱将。

刘沁虽没有大红大紫, 但 [影子]却在我们听觉中留下了深刻的记忆。

一首叫好但不叫座的好歌, 我们永远爱戴。

sorry, can't seem to download into imeem for reasons unknown to me... however, you can download from youshare and play it on the window media player or itune. enjoy!

2v1g 公开表演 [keeping the flame alive]





















tho' the search for the missing V (voice) is still ongoing, roger wang and winnie ho, are marching on with full vigor to keep the 2v1g flame alive!

2v1g sans regine tai, is gonna be performing this weekend at cd rama music fair "don't stop the music" at 1-utama old wing concourse. details of the public performances:

saturday, 28th march 2009 - 8-9pm
sunday, 29th march 2009 - 12 noon -1pm

besides, there are plenty of discounted cds for the bargain hunters!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

歌在呼吸 #3 [song we cherish #3]


身为制作人之一,我最享受的就是把经典老歌重新翻唱,造福新一代的歌迷。

我和金亮老师和 jz8 主音 lydia 都是周璇的歌迷。

用歌姬来形容周璇一点也不过时; 周璇是天后中的天后。那一把出谷黄莺的嗓子和许多余音绕梁的曲子,的确疯迷了那年代的年轻人。

你以为[老饼]才听周璇吗?我们都很年轻!

[永远的微笑]是经典。 蔡琴在[金片子]以轻爵士的风味玩出不一样的味道。

现在,jz8 勇敢的翻唱了! 很期待 lydia 和 cher siang 的演出!


Songs That Touch Us #3

Sunday, March 15, 2009

2v1g 试音 [2v1g's audition]

to date, 5 singers of different backgrounds came for the audition for the missing voice in 2v1g.

all the 5 ladies can sing pretty well but generally they are still raw and lacking of personality, but there are two rough diamonds within the lot that we see great potential and we are inviting them back for more auditions.

one of the shortlisted candidate is YT. this young lady has a big voice and a nice tone. she impressed us with her dynamic range and versatility. whether she could blend with winnie ho is yet to be seen and heard but this young gal has great potential if properly groomed.

what musictoxin looks for is not only an unique voice but a positive attitude towards music. as we are not doing commercial pop, the candidate must be mature and be able to handle the whole showbiz.

you can sample YT's demos below, and perhaps, give us some feedback.


YTs Demo for 2V1G

Thursday, March 12, 2009

jz8 练习 [practice session for jz8]


[sorry for the poor photograhy... i was experimenting something]

it is ultra difficult to get the two members of jz8 together due to their hectic schedule. so whenever we find time, we get them to practise and get the chemistry going.

song selection contributes more than 60% to the success of an album and we are not taking it lightly. jz8 can play many styles, but we would want it to sound a bit mellower than what most western jazz music would sound. in particular, we want cher siang not to over-play on the piano, which is the tendency of most western jazz pianists to showcase their skills and versatility. because this is chinese pop jazz, we would want a slower and mellower presentation to suit our targeted audience.



jz8 practised a few songs, all chinese pop classics re-arranged by cher siang (whose titles we would like to keep it confidential at the moment); some immediately strike a chord with me and chow and some not. as i have said many times before, not all chinese pop tunes can be rearranged into jazz, due to their rigid structure. cher siang tried on zhao chuan [赵传: 当初应该爱你], the results are contrived to say the least, so we immediately dropped it.

at the end of the practice session, we finalized on two songs only.

lydia also proposed to include some real oldies (think 40s/50s, think zhou xuan!) in the repertoire, which chow and i approved. some chinese oldies are real winners if the singer can carry it well and the arrangement is good.

the first practice session gives the production team some ideas on how far jz8 can go. we think the real jz8 hasn't come out yet but in time to come, with more practice and understanding, we would see something magical.

the next practice session is fixed on next monday, 16th march.

as a producer, the practice sessions and the recording sessions later are the best and most memorable part of the journey!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

台灣流行音樂200最佳專輯 [best 200 chinese albums]



no serious chinese pop music lover can do without this bible.

get it and see how many out of the 200 albums are in your collection. i think i have at least 70% of the titles listed in the book.

cheer chen's debut album [讓我想一想/陳綺貞] is listed at number #11. read the reasons here. what more can i say? all these reviewers have got excellent tastes and standards.

sorry, neither F4, fahrenhiet nor S.H.E is listed ;-)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

友弟的上海爵士 [yudi's shanghai jazz]



yudi yap, the local chanteuse, will be performing her repertoire of shanghai jazz at NBT (no black tie) on the 20th, 21st march and 27th and 28th march!

come and listen to yudi's intepretations of classics by zhou xuan, bai guang, li xiang lan, ge lan and many other chinese divas of yore....

please make your reservations (03-21423737) early so that you won't be disappointed!

our jz8's pianist, tay cher siang, will be performing along yudi to deliver some golden chinese oldies done in jazz.... you are assured of a nostagic good time....

we would also be distributing MTX for free at no black tie, so for those who haven't gotten a copy, this is a good chance to grab one.

see you at the gig!

友弟Yudi - No Black Tie爵士夜《上海一下吧》

把爵士乐来复古游一游,联声弹老调,如此怀旧时尚夜,友弟Yudi和爵士好手们请你来随意徜徉,上海一下。

以演绎时代经典名曲闻名,尤其最擅上海调的友弟,将在三月的20、21,及27、28,将联袂四位爵士好手,在吉隆坡No Black Tie联声呈献四场爵士味的《上海一下吧》。

友弟唱老调可说得心应手,也常搞搞新意思,自娱娱人一下。时代曲爵士化,本是4、50年代的流行唱法,现和精通爵士乐的作曲人及编曲人,也是钢琴手的郑泽相首次合作,在他的点睛编排下,四位爵士好手陪同友弟,齐来随心合奏,新鲜玩味上海老歌调。

郑泽相自小习乐,年少时已立志和爵士终老,曾在美国专修爵士乐,国内外参与过多场大型爵士演奏会。他现被遴选为马来西亚代表,在《Unit Asia》中与来自日本、菲律宾、新加坡、泰国等爵士好手,作亚洲巡回交流演出,去年甫在国油演奏厅献乐。

萨士风手Salvador Guerzo更是老爵士,菲律宾籍的他乐感丰富,七十年代始已专职吹奏,来自音乐世家的他,曾受邀担任国油的音乐指挥及编曲人,在无数爵士演奏会上技惊四座。

倍大提琴当然不缺,重任落在新进活泼的Vincent手上,而轻巧熟练的Rizal Soliano,将任鼓手掌握全场节奏。

No Black Tie小酒廊是爱乐人的集聚所,也是陶冶心情的好去处。

友弟的《上海一下吧》无须你绅士淑女旗袍马褂,只要你一双耳朵,一身轻松上座,或加一杯红酒暖心。

演出详情:三月20、21及27、28 日
9:30pm RM35

No Black Tie 预订电话:+603 21423737(5pm以后)
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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

MTX is out!


the first ever music magazine published by an indie label is out!

MTX promotes music which is neglected by the mainstream music, that include jazz, bossa, audiophile and indie chinese pop. MTX hopes to cater to the discerning music lovers who are still buying CDs even in the age of illegal downloads and rampant piracy.

check it out at your nearest record store...... be it victoria music, rock corner or cd rama......

you may want to know there is a contest to win 3 tickets to Kota Kinabalu to watch the jazz festival in june!

you can also download from here (look at the right panel) but most readers i spoke to prefer the hard copies.

enjoy your reading and please give us your feedback!

p/s please email me if you have problem getting a copy.